Tuesday, November 12, 2013

My Truth Monday (shhh...I know it's Tuesday!)

I was so excited when I saw

was all about celebrity crushes!!! I was so excited to blog about it. After school, piano lessons, Costco run dinner, homework, baths for the girls, and bed time stories, I maybe fell asleep. Oops. What is about Mondays that leave me drained? Oh, well. I can still post today, right?

I also get to pick a winner for my first November giveaway....Kim! Congratulations. Be sure to check your email. 
I have this freebie for everyone else. Did you see the acorn ten frames I posted on Sunday? Click below to get them free. Enjoy!!!

Tomorrow, I will post my second giveaway so be sure to stop by.

Sunday, November 10, 2013

November Math Centers

I LOVE teaching math. I did NOT feel this way before Common Core. I thought teaching Math was boring. I opened a text book and taught from it. Sure, I played the games (I still love Top-It). But it didn't excite me. I didn't feel creative. Then, three years ago, my district introduced Common Core in Kindergarten. I was introduced to a new way of teaching math. I enjoy teaching math now, and, more importantly, my KIDS ENJOY learning math.

Here is a few pics of my current math centers.

First, this is a simple center that was a HIT! One of my co-workers had these bare trees laminated on blue paper. My amazing EA just bought my these plastic leaves (Target dollar spot, of course!) The kids simply rolled a dice and added the leaves. So simple yet they could have stayed at this center all day.

This activity was inspired by the ten frame candy corns everyone has. The kids match the top part with a number to the bottom with a ten frame. This activity is an ink saver that was run off on brown construction paper. It may be available for free this week...but only on my blog.

This is my FAVORITE center from my new Fall Math Pack. Subitizing pumpkins. How fun is that? For my kids who need extra support, I only give them cards 1-5. Since we did subitizing candy canes last month, my kids are doing better with it. I need to take more pictures from my Fall Math pack. There were A LOT of math goodies.

My EA also got me these acorns from Target that go perfect with Miss. Kindergarten's November Centers.

This is a picture of how I organize my math centers. I place everything I need in one of these drawers. Okay, some items go on top. Do you see the cute turkey bag? Can you guess where that is from? (I LOVE TARGET). I have it stocked for 2 weeks at a time. The top drawers have current centers and the bottom was are for future centers. This is great if you have to be out of the classroom. Your sub can teach the centers your kids have already learned. I let my kids guide how long they use the centers. Some centers are put away after two days. The more popular ones stay out all week and often make guest appearances again and again. I love when my students are able to stay highly engaged in an activity so I can work with a small group.

Later this week I will be introducing my Turkey, Turkey, Turkey Centers. I can't wait to use these centers!!! 

Have you entered my giveaway? Tuesday is the last day. Then I will post a NEW giveaway on Wednesday.

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Wednesday, November 6, 2013

November Giveaway #1

I am so excited to be hosting my first giveaway!!!! In fact, I have decided to do a giveaway every Wednesday this month as a way of saying Thank You to all of my amazing followers.

 All you have to do is follow my blog and my TPT store to enter. What is the prize, you ask???? This week, I will be giving away a November Bundle of Literacy and Math activities..

You will get

My Fall Math Centers. This pack is prefect for the beginning of November when you are not ready for turkeys. There are subitizing pumpkins (I LOVE saying subitizing!) There are activities for one to one counting, sums of 5, sums of ten, and adding a number to any addend 1-10. There are a total of six meaningful math centers that can be differentiated to meet all of your students needs.

My Fall Read It, Write It, Build It is an engaging way to work on sight words, concepts about print, and writing. There are two easy readers that work on the words I, we, see, a, the, and, like. After introducing the center, you can have students practice building their own sentence with the sight words and colorful vocabulary cards. Students can record their different sentences. Some students may need extra support to trace the words still, while other are ready to write one, two, or more sentences. There is also a cut and paste read, write, build sheet for every sentence in the stories.

My newest creation is Turkey, Turkey - Math and Literacy Centers for Kindergarten. It comes with 4 Math games and 4 Literacy games. 

Enter below by following my blog and my TPT store. The entry close on Tuesday. Next Wednesday I will have a new giveaway with new prizes. One week there may even be a Target gift card.....just in time for Black Friday!

If you don't want to wait to win, you can buy them now!

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Tuesday, November 5, 2013

I am Thankful

Today, I am linking up with Principal Principles. Did you know her blog was publish in TEPSA Mgazine??? How awesome is that!

I LOVE the idea of taking the time to share what we are thankful for. Last week, I was talking to a co-worker about Thanksgiving-the LOST holiday. It seems like the second Halloween ends, Christmas begins. I think it so important to stop and think about all of the wonderful things in life. 

I have two beautiful daughters and an AMAZING Husband. Yesterday, my oldest took second place in her soccer tournament. We had four games this weekend, and I'm not going to lie....I am slightly thankful soccer is over...for a few months. Both of my girls do dance as well, so we will be staying busy. Last night when I was trying to finish up my fall math centers, my loving husband helped clean up the house. I can't forgot my mama. My mama is my rock and my best friend. Okay, I LOVE my dad and my 4 BIG brothers, my 4 sister in laws, and all my nieces and nephews. My FAMILY is AMAZING!!!!!

 It has been a rough year. Are you all feeling it? We all have so many sweeties to care for, love, and teach. Our state has implemented a new teacher evaluation system. It's a little (A LOT) stressful. Thankfully, I work with an amazing group of ladies who always have time to listen to me cry, or make me laugh. I LOVE them. This year, we have all new administration and they are a blessing. I can't forget my little darlings. I have a great group of students this year. I have the best job ever!!!!

I have always loved reading other blogs (and still do) and now I really enjoy blogging. It is such a blast.I have decided to do a


Every Wednesday in November, starting tomorrow, I will be hosting a Giveaway. Be sure to come back tomorrow!